What Would an HIV Doula Do?, What Does an Uprising Doula Do?, 2021 128 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches
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What Would an HIV Doula Do? is a community of people joined in response to the ongoing AIDS Crisis. They write: “We understand a doula as someone who holds space during times of transition. We understand HIV as a series of transitions that begins long before being tested, continues after treatment and beyond. We know that since no one gets HIV alone, no one should have to deal with HIV alone. We doula ourselves, each other, institutions and culture. Foundational to our process is asking questions.”
Uprisings too are transitions that require the care and support of doulas. The What Does an Uprising Doula Do? zine asks us to consider the diversity of uprisings in terms of who participates and how that participation happens. For example, what does uprising mean for folx with disabilities who cannot show up in normative ways? As the community writes, there are “many rhythms, forms and scales” to protest and uprising and thus many needs for diverse spaces and supports. As a result, we “rethink and reshape our shared relationship to resources, our commitment and accountability to mutual care, our very understanding of power. And ourselves.” The What Does an Uprising Doula Do? zine will be available for exhibition visitors to take with them as a way of connecting to and carrying forward activist tactics for care and mourning.